HOUSTON – A fitness center chain is faulted for a member’s quadriplegia.
Harry Provost, III initiated legal action against 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. last month in Harris County District Court after a workout session at the defendant’s facility located at 11528 Gulf Freeway in Houston earlier this year resulted in a spinal cord injury.
The Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas received the case on July 25.
Per Provost, he was using a military press when the piece of equipment fell on his neck and fractured his C6-7 vertebrae into his spinal cord.
He claims the respondent did not maintain the press properly.
24 Hour Fitness, in turn, filed an original answer and a request to elevate the litigation from state district to federal court.
Provost seeks more than $1 million in damages.
He is represented by attorney Alton C. Todd of The Law Firm of Alton C. Todd in Friendswood.
Nelson Skyler, Tarush R. Anand, and Kristina Everhart of Brown Sims, P.C. in Houston serve as 24 Hour Fitness’s legal counsel.
Houston Division of the Southern District of Texas Case No. 4:17-CV-2271
Harris County 127th District Court Case No. 2017-43399